CRISPR book

How to Build a Dragon or Die Trying: check out new book with my daughter Julie

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My daughter Julie and I have written a book together entitled,  “How to Build a Dragon or Die Trying, A satirical look at cutting edge science.” The book will be out sometime in June most likely. This is a very different kind of book than my first two, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide and GMO …

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Why CRISPR baby production (if it happened) was unethical & dangerous

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Reports are out that a scientist in China has been working to make a CRISPR baby for some time and supposedly has made twin genetically modified babies. I see this work as unethical and dangerous. Just a couple years ago when I published my book GMO Sapiens on potential use of CRISPR in a heritable manner …

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Surprising reason why human cloning may produce someone else

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“If I’m going to the trouble of cloning myself, I want the clone to be a copy of me!” I’m imagining what someone might say if they were told that their expensive and ethically dubious personal cloning efforts produced a clone that was somebody else instead of them. Even if the clone was very similar …

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7 tech hurdles to human germline CRISPR

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Human germline CRISPR raises major bioethical considerations, but what about technical issues? Setting aside the many ethical issue about the general idea of human modification itself, could this really work? Yes in theory it could, but there are some very tough technological challenges that could and likely would cause failures or unacceptable outcomes at many steps …

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Countering that Pro-Heritable Human CRISPR WSJ Piece

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It’s germline, heritable human CRISPR time, right? Wrong. But the particularly enthusiastic supporters of heritable human CRISPR often cite hypothetical benefits in glowing terms, but either don’t mention risks or strongly downplay them. These fans also tend to leave alternative, proven and safe technologies such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) out of the discussion or …

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CRISPR, human genetic modification, & a needed course correction

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Are designer babies made using CRISPR or other genetic modification technologies closer to reality today? If so, what exactly should we do about it? Researchers can use CRISPR to genetically modify just about any organism or its cells, but targeting humans is the subject of the most intense discussion including using CRISPR in the human germline …

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Find $250 Easter egg in GMO Sapiens #CRISPR book: here’s a hint

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Want $250 as well as at least a sliver of science-related glory? Within my book GMO Sapiens on CRISPR and human genetic modification, I’ve hidden a scientific Easter egg. There’s more Easter egg info over here including the rules. If you are the first one to find and properly explain this egg to me after buying the book, you win …

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Korean edition of my GMO book on human CRISPR is out

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I got a package from my publisher and upon opening it I saw the Korean edition of my book GMO Sapiens on the potential use of CRISPR in humans. The English language edition can be purchased here at the publisher where you can get 35% using the discount code WS16XMAS35 until January 15th or here on Amazon. …

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Where are all the new CRISPR human embryo papers?

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Last year I heard from several sources that there somewhere between 3-5 unpublished manuscripts reporting the use of CRISPR gene targeting in human embryos being shopped around at various journals in addition to the one that had been published. Since that time we’ve seen a grand total of one additional paper reporting on CRISPR of human …

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